Sustainable Energy Technologies, Ltd. (Sustainable Energy) has recently announced that an unnamed tracking photovoltaic (PV) installation, which is on course to become the largest of its kind in the province, will use the company’s SUNERGY inverters. Company policy prohibits it from releasing certain information about its clients, but Sustainable Energy revealed basic details of the latest venture to the media. The project, located in Eastern Ontario, will be capable of producing more than 500 kW of renewable energy, and its construction will create work for the region’s career solar installers and recent PV course graduates.
Sustainable Energy expects its unnamed business partner to complete its installation by the end of the year. The company is excited to have its name attached to such a large undertaking. “This project establishes the SUNERGY inverter as the product of choice in Ontario for solar tracker projects,” says Sustainable Energy’s CEO, Michael Carten, “especially in the fast-growing microFIT market.” The Calgary-based company has offices in Toronto and abroad in Spain, Greece, and Japan. According to its website, its proprietary inverters have “demonstrated the ability to convert operating voltages as low as 10 volts while still achieving better than 90% electrical conversion efficiencies.”
Advanced Technology Aids FIT Projects, Renewable Energy Careers
Ontario’s feed-in tariff (FIT) and microFIT programs pay green energy producers high prices for power they feed into the grid from solar, wind, and biomass systems. The programs create renewable energy and career opportunities and inspire new kinds of educational services, such as PV installation courses.
Sustainable Energy’s solar tracker is perfect for Ontario’s widely variable climate, as it operates at temperatures as low as -40 C. It also generates up to 40% more solar energy, and at a lower cost, than its static counterparts. SUNERGY is the only tracker-mounted solar inverter available for the FIT and microFIT markets, and is the only grid-tie inverter that offers parallel design capabilities for larger systems with the cost and ease-of-use of lower-voltage models.
The SUNERGY inverter’s sustained presence in Ontario will give the solar industry a leg up in efficiency and versatility, which in turn will boost the market, bringing Ontarians greater sustainability, cleaner air, and jobs for renewable energy workers.